The Carers UK Looking after someone guide is divided into the following sections: getting help and support, your finances and your work.

The guide includes:

  • This edition includes A Carer’s Guide: an illustrated introduction to the challenges of caring, from making difficult decisions to looking after your health and wellbeing.
  • Benefits: an overview of which benefits you or the person you can for may be entitled to and information about how to get a benefits check.
  • Other financial help: including help with council tax, fuel costs, pensions and health costs.
  • Practical help: including community care assessment, carer's assessment and direct payments.
  • Technology: information about health and care technology that could make life easier for you and the person you care for.
  • Your workplace: your rights at work, from flexible working and parental leave to protection from discrimination.
  • Other help: how to find other help nationally and in your local community.

Get the guide

By post from Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX T 020 7378 4999 E [email protected]

Carers can get a free printed copy of the Carers UK Looking after someone guide by contacting the Carers UK Adviceline: Adviceline or phone icon0808 808 7777

Printed copies can also be pre-ordered in the Carers UK online shop:

By downloading a digital copy

Download Carers UK Looking after someone for free:

Carers and their rights

Carers and their rights 6th edition

Carers and their rights is Carers UK’s definitive guide to the legal rights of carers as they apply in England.

Now in its sixth edition, the guide has been fully updated to reflect the new rights for carers as part of the Care Act 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 and other relevant guidance and legislation.

The 108 page guide is written by Professor Luke Clements, who is a solicitor and Professor of Law at the University of Leeds and was the Special Adviser to the Parliamentary Committee that scrutinised the draft Bill that resulted in the Care Act 2014.

Buy Carers and their rights now for £15, or £60 for a pack of five copies. Carers UK Affiliate members get a 30% discount on all orders using the Affiliate discount code. Please email [email protected] if you need to be sent the code.